A Packet A Week

A Packet A Week


Pocket knitted dress containing 840 cigarette butts – a packet a week for an average pregnancy.

If you carry on smoking during pregnancy you are more likely to suffer complications while pregnant. On average a smoker’s baby will weigh 8oz (220g) less than a non-smoker’s. This may be because cigarette smoke reduces the amount of oxygen that the baby gets through the umbilical cord.


The following chemicals also pass into a baby’s blood-stream:

  • Carbon monoxide – the lethal gas that comes out of car exhausts.
  • Amonia, which is found in household cleaners.
  • Cyanide which is extremely poisonous.
  • Butane which is used in fuel lighters

Photographs : Chloë Stewart

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